Dear friends, welcome to Summer 2023! Things have been hopping on the NYC jazz scene! Since early 2022, I have become a steady fixture at the fun and fabulous Swing 46 on Restaurant Row in NYC. I have played there several times a month for nearly two years, with more gigs to come in the summer and fall. I am delighted to be a regular performer on their roster, along with so many esteemed and well respected NYC jazz musicians. Swing 46 is a warm and welcoming club, come on through and check it out! I have also been out and about in NYC, and recently enjoyed excellent jazz at the brand new Purple Tongue on West 43rd Street, and Patrick’s Place in Harlem. There is so much jazz happening in the NYC area!
I am thrilled to be performing and teaching at four jazz festivals/camps this summer. From June 18 to 23, I will be subbing for my good friend Darmon Meader at Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camp (Nazareth College) in Rochester, NY. tritonejazz.com From July 12 to 14, I will be singing and teaching at Castelfranco Veneto Jazz Festival in Italy, with trumpet/flugelhorn maestro Ron Horton, and the wonderful Italian musicians, singer Francesca Bertazzo and bassist Beppe Pilotto. From August 6 to 12, I’ll be teaching alongside the Queen of Bop, Sheila Jordan, and performing with an excellent faculty at Vermont Jazz Summer Workshop in Putney, Vermont. vtjazz.org. From August 24 to 27, Ron Horton and I will be performing and teaching with the top Canadian jazz musicians at JazzWorks Canada Jazz Camp. jazzworkscanada.com I am honored and grateful to have been invited to all of these amazing places, and I am so looking forward to making music with such incredible musicians and students!
2022 was a flag waver year for The Royal Bopsters. We kicked things off at the legendary Minton’s of Harlem in March, then sang three nights in May at Birdland to sold out houses, then received the 2022 Outstanding Jazz Artistry Award at the Bistro Awards the next night. We caught our breath for a week, then flew to Istanbul where we performed at a private party on the rooftop of the fabulous Aspera Hotel, and then packed Nardis Jazz Club the next night. We had a beautiful time in fascinating Istanbul, surrounded by great jazz musicians and dear friends! We journeyed on to Austria, where we performed with the brilliant Dena DeRose and her trio to sold out clubs in Graz and Poysdorf, and topped off the tour selling out Jazzland in Vienna for two nights. We presented workshops in both Turkey and Austria to enthusiastic and talented jazz singers. In July, we packed the legendary Deerhead in the Delaware Watergap, PA, and have an open invitation to return. What a groovy place, it was the musical home of jazz legends Bob Dorough and Phil Woods.
I am delighted to continue my residency at Swing 46, where I have been singing regularly since July 2020. I will be appearing there on Saturday, June 24, with excellent jazz players, pianist Lee Tomboulian, bassist Ralph Hamperian and drummer Vito Lesczak. In October I will return to the cozy spot Pangea, alongside my Royal Bopsters tenor partner, Pete McGuinness.
I have lots of fun gigs coming down the pike, so please keep an eye on my website!
Stay well and cool! Thanks for going out and supporting live jazz,